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Post by Juliana_Isabella » 23 Jul 2019, 10:41

[Following is an official review of "Close Relationships and Rewarding Businesses from Conversational Skills" by Lawrence J Bookbinder, Ph.D..]
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Close Relationships and Rewarding Businesses from Conversational Skills by Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D. is a self-help book that aims to increase the reader’s conversational skills with the eventually goal of helping them build better relationships in both their personal and professional lives. A quick read, the author keeps paragraphs short, includes bulleted lists, highlights important ideas in boxes, and focuses on real-world examples. He covers the importance of empathy in conversations but also includes examples of how active listening can harm both the speaker and the listener. The book is a comprehensive introduction to conversational skills.

I really enjoyed how well this book flowed. I felt like I had only been reading for a little while when I suddenly realized that I had reached the appendix. The short chapters and example conversations help the reader stay on track and invested in the book. I enjoyed that the author used examples of good and bad conversations from his own life to explain that you have to focus on your conversational skills every day and that even professionals allow their emotions to get in the way of listening to others on occasion.

As I said before, I felt like the book flew by. This was generally a good thing, except that I wasn’t actually aware when the book was about to end. There’s no conclusion to the author’s ideas, although there is a story that shows how listening with respect can change your life. I would have appreciated an analysis of that story at the end that included a conclusion which reminds readers of the conversational skills they need to practice and of the rewards waiting for them (shown in the story) if they follow the author’s advice. In addition, I wasn’t aware the book was ending because I was only 73% of the way through. The last quarter of the book is just appendices, which I didn’t find generally helpful. I appreciated Appendix D, which included additional resources for readers who wanted to keep expanding their skills, but A, B, C, and the Key Sentences were all unnecessary for me. They covered limitations of the book, why the author thinks the book is different from similar resources, and questions the author would like to answer. They were things I would want to know before reading the book, not after, and I ended up feeling a little cheated that the last fourth of the book included a lot of repetition and opinions from the author rather than actual material related to the topic.

Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I appreciated the advice given, but the ending came suddenly and was followed by an excess of information that wasn’t useful for me as a reader. I would appreciate the author editing down the appendices and including a more effective conclusion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to have better conversations. It’s appropriate for readers of all ages and for people who wish to improve both business and personal relationships.

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Post by Fuzaila » 29 Jul 2019, 09:32

Active listening is bad for the speaker and listener? Well, I'm surprised, but I shouldn't be since I'm no great conversationalist myself :P Well-written review Juliana, but it's sad the author didn't conclude properly.

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Post by kandscreeley » 29 Jul 2019, 12:34

I feel like we could all brush up on our conversation skills. I can imagine that would help in business as well as personal life. Still, self-help books aren't something I normally read. Thanks for the review, though.
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Post by OuKoyoo » 29 Jul 2019, 12:42

What a great review, the fact that you mentioned that the author uses examples of both good and bad conversations from his own life makes me want to read the book. As a person aiming at improving conversations, its definitely one of the books that I will look out for; particularly to improve my personal relationships.

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Post by Sont0025 » 29 Jul 2019, 23:02

Thank you for the review! I am always looking for quick reads that will help me improve my people skills as a business owner. Did you feel the author was able to dig in on some of these topics or did he just stay pretty general? I find a lot of these shorter reads end up being too general to be of any real help.

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Post by Gathoni1991 » 30 Jul 2019, 07:38

Great reference book. Great review.

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Post by esp1975 » 30 Jul 2019, 15:03

I am now super curious about how the author believes active listening can harm the participants in a conversation. I agree that the lack of a concluding section to a book that is making a specific argument is a problem. Books are not 5 minute endeavors. It always helps readers to go back and do a very brief review and give a few concluding statements. It makes the books arguments that much more likely to stick in the minds of the readers.

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Post by kdstrack » 30 Jul 2019, 15:41

It's always good to be reminded that the first lesson of being a good conversationalist is to close your mouth and listen! It was wise to include examples of good and bad conversations. The book seems to offer a wealth of advice, even if the appendices compromise a good chunk of the text! Great review.

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Post by Nizar Ali Shah » 31 Jul 2019, 10:14

Close Relationships and Rewarding Business from Conversational Skills by Lawrence J,bookbinder is a self help book. The author believes that if your conversational skill is strong then there is a great chance of your high success in your personal and professional life On the contrary bad conversations would lead to poor performance and poor results. He also believes that while communicating the role of empathy is also very important and it should be taken in to consideration.

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Post by Dee_218 » 08 Aug 2019, 04:04

What a helpful resource to help with improving conversational skills. We often are not aware of these areas in our lives and that they need attention. Thank you for a wonderfully written review.

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